Illustration by Christian Robinson.

Illustration by Christian Robinson.


‘The song ended and CJ opened his eyes.
Everyone on the bus clapped, even the boys in back.
Nana glanced at the coin in CJ’s palm.
CJ dropped it in the man’s hat.
“Last stop on Market Street,” Mr. Dennis called.’

CJ and his Nana journey through familiar territory: their own neighborhood. CJ would rather be anywhere else, but from their seats on the Number 5 bus, Nana helps CJ realize that looks can be deceiving, everyone has a story to share, and that beauty can be found anywhere…if you know how to look for it.

A blend of hip-hop, Motown, gospel, and rap, this musical will have you off your seat and on your feet all the way to the last stop!


“New rap-infused musical Last Stop on Market Street by a Motown legend and his son is like Hamilton for kids.”
–Minneapolis Star Tribune


The Big Ideas
Being thankful for what you have leads to happiness.
Appreciate and learn from the uniqueness of others instead of making assumptions.
Beauty can be found in unexpected places.

Recommended for
Grades 1-5

Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway



May 5–May 22, 2020
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays
9:45am and 11:45am
Runtime: 60 minutes


Funding Assistance and Ticket to Read
Funding assistance applications for the 2018-2019 season are available now. Schools with 70+% free and reduce lunch participation may apply. 

Ticket to Read is a program linking literacy to live theater by providing students from low-income schools with a free theater ticket and a companion book to take home.  Learn more!


Season Sponsors

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña, Illustrated by Christian Robinson.
Adapted for the stage by Cheryl L. West. Music and Lyrics by Lamont Dozier and Paris Ray Dozier.
Originally co-commissioned and produced by Chicago Children’s Theatre and the Children’s Theatre Company. Published by the Penguin Group.